Children’s Discovery Center is participating in Week of the Young Child, an international movement that acknowledges the needs of young children and the significance of early childhood education. This annual week-long event focuses on daily themes that engage all five senses, incorporate movement and explore STEAM activities. Using our Reggio Emilia teaching style, this event creates a fun atmosphere that encourages learning and turns education into a celebration for both children and their families.
Here is our 2023 schedule:
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once famously stated, “Without music, life would be a mistake,” emphasizing the importance of music in our lives and how it contributes to our overall well-being. Music stimulates both the mind and body in fantastic ways.
As part of our Music Monday celebration, we will introduce children to a variety of sounds and musical styles through exciting activities that will help improve crucial language and early literacy skills while engaging in healthy movement.
Family Engagement: We invite families to participate by recording their own personalized version of a song or composing an original piece. We are eager to listen to your creative endeavors!
What kind of celebration would it be without delicious (and nutritious) snacks to share? Our Tasty Tuesday celebration offers more than just cheese and crackers. It’s a cooking activity that connects math, literacy and science skills while teaching children about the significance of healthy eating habits.
Given the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, promoting healthy nutrition and fitness habits both at home and in the classroom is essential. During Tasty Tuesday, we will learn about foods that benefit our bodies and discover new and exciting ways to prepare them.
Family Engagement: We encourage you to share your recipes, create your own healthy snacks and post pictures of them for everyone to see.
Work Together Wednesday
“Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” These words by American author and activist Helen Keller speak to the power of collaboration that fuels our discoveries!
As children build together, they learn math and science concepts while also enhancing their social and early literacy skills. What’s even better? Their imagination knows no limits with the abundant building materials available in our classrooms!
On Work Together Wednesday, we challenge children to unleash their creativity and construct their own building creations, such as a fort made from branches, a city built from blocks, or a hideaway made from pillows. We will stretch our imaginations by collaborating on building projects and fostering a sense of community in the process.
Family Engagement: We encourage you to work together as a family to build something and share images of your collaborative creation.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
Hands-on art projects motivate children to think, solve problems and express their creativity. This Artsy Thursday, we will celebrate the pleasures of arts and crafts while promoting the development of social skills, fine motor skills and imagination.
Using a variety of materials—especially those found in nature—we will participate in imaginative art projects that your children will enjoy.
Family Engagement: Let’s get creative and have some fun with your little ones! You don’t need to look any further than your own home for art materials. Remember, as the famous artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” So, let’s empower our children’s imaginations and inspire them to make some amazing artwork. We would love to see their masterpieces, so don’t hesitate to share them with us. Let’s create some wonderful memories together!
At Children’s Discovery Center, we believe celebrating families is essential to supporting our youngest learners. Our programs would not exist without the dedication of families.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recognizes the crucial role of family members as young children’s primary and most significant teachers.
On Family Friday, we will honor each child’s family as a crucial element in their growth and development.
Family Engagement: We invite you to share photos and stories about your family so that we can learn more about you. We look forward to highlighting your role as the most important teacher your young child will ever have.
To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit the FAQ page on the NAEYC website.
Toledo Families Trust In Children’s Discovery Center
For more than 40 years, Children’s Discovery Center has cared for and guided the children of Toledo. Our skilled early childhood educators are passionate about supporting Toledo’s families with a creative and nurturing Christian environment. Contact us today to learn more about our Reggio Emilia philosophy and childcare programs, and schedule a visit to our state-of-the-art discovery centers.